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California Judge Accused of Bribery as Trip Overseas Went Undisclosed
A suit is accusing a judge with the State Bar Court of California of accepting bribery in exchange for favorable rulings from a private attorney who appeared before her in a case in which he was involved.
By: Leslie Brodie
The suit accuses Patrice Elizabeth McElroy (aka Pat McElroy), a judge with the State Bar Court of California, of accepting bribery as part of a scheme and as a valuable consideration in exchange for favorable rulings from a private attorney who appeared before her in a case in which he was involved.
The suit also alleges that McElroy never made any disclosures to the other litigants appearing before her concerning her participation in the trip which she had had secretly accepted from the private attorney.
The California Attorney General's Office, which is defending the case in court, could not be reached for comments.
Patrice McElroy is the supervising judge of the State Bar Court Hearing Department, which is part of the State Bar of California. The work of Patrice McElroy involves judging others in matters relating to ethics.
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